Results 1–20 of 5040 for speaker:Lord Lawson of Blaby in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: My noble friend makes a very strong point. I am deeply concerned at the growing rift between Parliament and the people, with the refusal to accept the people’s judgment, whether you agree with it or not. A very clear judgment was made in the referendum. There is a real danger that undesirable but very often understandable insurrectionary forces will feel that they cannot trust the British...

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: My Lords, the noble Lord the leader of the Liberal Democrats will be glad to know that I shall be brief. I will address myself to the main point embedded in what he said. To begin with, this is a most appalling day. I have served in Parliament for 45 years and there has never been an instance of constitutional vandalism of the scale that we are witnessing today and at the present time more...

European Union Referendum - Question (4 Jul 2018)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: My Lords, my noble friend is always the most fair-minded of Ministers in this House. As far as foreign interference in the referendum campaign is concerned, will he join with me in deploring the interference by the then President of the United States, Mr Obama, on the anti-Brexit side?

European Council - Statement (2 Jul 2018)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: My Lords, is my noble friend aware—I am sure she is—that the two most important aspects of the Belfast agreement on Northern Ireland referred to were, first, the recognition by both sides of the existence of the border—the border is a reality and will continue to be a reality and a “hard border” is a meaningless phrase—and, secondly, and perhaps even more importantly, that it was...

Brexit: North-East of England - Question (9 May 2018)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: My Lords, is my noble friend aware, apart from the fact that the short-term economic forecasts put out by Project Fear have already been proven to be false, that serious academic studies have shown that medium and long-term economic forecasts are not worth the paper they are written on? Is he aware that I was Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time that Nissan had to decide where it was going...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (1st Day) (18 Apr 2018)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: My Lords, perhaps I may correct briefly my noble friend who has just sat down. When he referred to what I had said, I do not think he was showing great prophetic qualities; I think he intended to refer to my noble friend Lord Lamont. I will be brief because I know the Minister wishes to reply to this debate very soon. Let me make just one or two comments. First, this whole thing has had...

Energy Security: Gas Production - Question (17 Apr 2018)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that the strongest opponents of fracking, both in this country and in mainland Europe, are the Russians, whose economy is wholly or very largely dependent on exports of gas? Is it not much more sensible for us to develop our own resources, be free from this threat of dependence on Russia, have cheaper gas—because gas transport is expensive—and provide a...

Brexit: Fashion Industry - Question (15 Mar 2018)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: My Lords—

Brexit: Fashion Industry - Question (15 Mar 2018)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend on his excellent Answer to the original Question. The Liberal Democrats’ refusal to accept this clearly portrays a lack of confidence in this country’s ability to govern itself. Does he think that that is simply a lack of confidence in this country, or that it might be because the Liberal party will never be in government again?

National Debt - Question (14 Mar 2018)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: My Lords, can my noble friend explain why the Government insist on making the national debt appear even bigger than it in fact is? Is he not aware that as a result of quantitative easing—QE—a good quarter of the outstanding national debt is in fact owned by the Bank of England. In other words, it has been bought back. In the private sector, if a company buys back any of its debt, it is...

United States Tariffs: Steel and Aluminium - Statement (13 Mar 2018)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend on her new responsibilities and on the way she has been answering these questions. This action by President Trump should not come as a surprise given that, so far as I recall, it was part of the manifesto, as it were, on which he was elected. Nevertheless, it is wholly deplorable and should be condemned. But is it not the case that we will be able to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (6th Day) (12 Mar 2018)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: My Lords, I do not think that I am the only Member of the Committee who is listening with increasing bewilderment to my noble friend’s reply to this amendment, particularly her constant references to negotiations. This is not an issue for negotiation, this is an issue where we have agreed to the new directive and there is nothing to negotiate; rather, we will implement it in the best and...

Carillion - Statement (15 Jan 2018)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: My Lords, the opposition spokesmen have called for inquiries into the Carillion affair, but the Minister has pointed out that one or two inquiries are likely to take place anyway. However, perhaps I may suggest to him that the time has come for a thorough, independent inquiry into the whole PFI—private finance initiative—process. This idea, I think, originated in Australia and it came to...

Brexit: Sectoral Impact Assessments - Private Notice Question (2 Nov 2017)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: My Lords, I welcome my noble friend to his new responsibilities, which he is particularly well equipped to perform. I look forward to hearing a lot more from him in the weeks and months to come. Is not this all a lot of nonsense? We all know from the Treasury’s forecasts of the short-term impact of the Brexit decision that it does not have a clue—to put it politely. The longer-term...

Operation Conifer - Private Notice Question (11 Oct 2017)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: My Lords, like the noble Lord, Lord Armstrong, I once worked for Sir Edward Heath, and I should like to associate myself entirely with everything that the noble Lord said. There is one other aspect. Would it not be appropriate also, on top of what he has suggested, for the Comptroller and Auditor-General to look into what has been a grotesque misuse of large sums of public money?

Civil Society and the Democratic Process - Question (27 Jun 2017)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: I would like to respond to the noble Lord, Lord Wallace, who referred to the Global Warming Policy Foundation, of which I am chairman. I am very happy to disclose the identities of all our donors, who are thoroughly respectable people. It is right, however, that if donors do not wish to declare themselves they should not be forced to do so, particularly since they will be vilified by those,...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: But not proposed new subsection (4).

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: My Lords, as my noble friend Lord Hailsham—

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: My Lords, as I was saying, as my noble friend Lord Hailsham, whose father I greatly respected as a colleague of mine in government, has reminded us, the reason we are debating this proposed new clause today is that the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, who moved this amendment, convinced first the High Court and subsequently a majority of the Supreme Court that a Bill is needed and that the...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: I should like to develop my argument. The real mischief in this proposed new clause lies in subsection (4). As the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, effectively conceded, without subsection 4 there is a possible reconciliation with his original thesis, since without subsection (4), Parliament would be faced simply with the decision of whether to approve the agreement that the Government had...


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